Small SUVs for emerging markets are becoming a trend in the automotive world and Škoda couldn’t miss the party. The Czech automaker is reportedly considering a new high-riding model with a length of less than 4 meters (157.5 inches) that could be sold in India and other similar markets.
Škoda has recently taken over the development of the MQB A0 platform for the entire Volkswagen Group. The Slavia sedan and the Kushaq B SUV which have been developed and manufactured in India are both based on the platform’s MQB A0 IN derivative as part of the India 2.0 plan.
talking with Autocar India, Thomas Schäfer, chairman of Škoda’s board of directors, admitted that the company is examining a smaller SUV stating: “The segment under 4 meters is a difficult segment. It must have a good margin and look good ”. The senior official added that the platform carries about 70 percent of the vehicle’s value, proudly stating that they now have responsibility for the MQB A0, they can “really dive in.” However, he said there were “still the tasks to be done” as it is not an easy task, adding “we’re not done doing it yet”.
Schäfer said that to make this feasible, the new product should not be limited to India, but aim for global export. If the project gets the green light, the budget SUV could sit on a slightly scaled-down version of the MQB A0 IN architecture. The 1.0 MPI naturally aspirated and turbocharged 1.0 TSI petrol engines from VW Group parts are perfect for the ever-growing segment.
The length of less than 4 meters (157.5in) would make it shorter than the India-bound Kushaq (4.225mm / 166in), the European-spec Kamiq (4.241mm / 167in), and the Chinese-spec Kamiq (4.390mm) / 172.8 inches), all of which are classified as B-SUVs.
The new model sounds like a direct rival of the Citroën New C3, which recently debuted as a small SUV for India and South America, measuring 3.98 meters (156.7 in) in length. Other rivals sold in different markets would include the likes of Hyundai headquarters, Kia Sonet, Nissan Magnite, Honda ZR-V, Toyota Raizeand Tata Nexon.